American journalists have discovered a video on YouTube that has never been intended for public viewing. It was uploaded back in 2010 for demonstration at the Federal Security Conference (that took place in April 2012), but it was never shown – the developers decided that the software was really not ready.
The author of the video and the software shown in it is the American defense company Raytheon, and the software is RIOT (Rapid Information Overlay Technology). The video can easily be found on YouTube by typing in the full name.
It is a computer and user monitoring software that uses a large number of data sources, including social networks (Facebook, Foursquare, Twitter, etc.). A data unit (personal file) is assigned to each user within the software, where information is gathered from all possible sources.
The monitoring software collects information on contacts, places visited, and typical routes. User’s photos are analyzed – the appearance is identified, EXIF tags are analyzed with the GPS data and times the pictures were taken. By analyzing the gathered information, the software predicts the future actions of the person.
Raytheon confirmed the authenticity of the video and stated that the software has not yet been sold to the client – the federal agency.
Development of monitoring software is a global trend that seems to have been around for a while, but is just beginning to gather steam.
Despite its formidable functionality, this software can be used in hundreds of peaceful and lawful ways.
For example, if your children use your computer in your absence, information gathering about their activities can make life much simpler both for the children and for their parents – after all, you can avert many dangers of modern day Internet that way.
And you don’t have to sign a contract with a defense company to do it; you can simply download the Personal Monitor software and install it on your computer. For the first 3 days the software is free in the fully functional mode.